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Domaine de Cambes 2017

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Bordeaux Generic
Grape VarietyMerlot

This wine is made from a section of the Roc de Cambes vineyard that is only entitled to the straight Bordeaux appellation. In the past only 20% new oak was used but Francois Mitjavile now thinks that the quality of the fruit deserves 100%. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernets. Around 16000 bottles are produced from 6 hectares of vines. 100% new oak from the Mitjaville's trusted Radoux barrels.

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Tasting Notes

The 2017 Domaine des Cambes is a blend of around 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. The 2017 has a very Burgundy-like bouquet with wonderful, pure blackberry, briary and clove aromas unfurling on the nose, though it remains a little tighter than the Domaine de l’Aurage. The palate has an edgy quality that I admire. A subtle marine influence with hints of Japanese nori permeates the dusky black fruit on the finish. A hint of dark chocolate on the aftertaste. Excellent. Drink 2022-2038.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (March 2020), February 2020

The 2017 Domaine de Cambes is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with very pretty notes of kirsch, warm plums and black raspberries with hints of roses, cinnamon stick and tobacco. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm and chewy with plenty of juicy fruit and a long, savory finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

The 2017 is 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and production will be around 2000 cases. As is the case with the other Mitjaville wines this year, this offers a completely different perspective on the vintage. Toasted barrels come through initially with some scorched earth, roasted game and ripe blueberries. The acidity is soft for the vintage, allowing rich tannin, fruit and exotic spice all to power through the mid palate with a real sweetness of flavour. The finish is full of truffle and sweet spices, a real hedonists wine.

Farr Vintners, April 2018

The fruit is sweet and ripe the nose has ripe black cherry the palate starts sweet quite fleshy with rounded tannins. The richness at the back gives way to fresh fruit but it fills out on the finish ripe and supple. 2023-33

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2018

This has an extraordinary perfume and the florality and exoticism are superb. With lovely flesh and masses of oak, this is the complete opposite to many of the hard, dry wines found in other properties. It is racy, rich, bright and crunchy, with the dryness tapping your taste buds as opposed to raking them. There are blueberry notes here with the black and red flavours and this is a truly delicious incarnation of this wine.

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018
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